Top 5 Restaurants on Valentine’s Day in Hawaii
January 14, 2013 | by


Photo Credit: Leanne Gallaway


Can’t decide on a place to eat on Valentine’s Day? There are many places classy co-eds would love to go for an important occasion, but CL picked out the top 5 restaurants in Hawaii and some of the best menu items you should try with that special someone on Valentine’s Day! Each restaurant listed below has their unique style, atmosphere, price range and influence of Hawaiian culture.


1. Shorebird (Waikiki’s Famous Beachside BBQ)

Like to cook but want to get way from your kitchen? Shorebird provides the meat and the grill; all while being guided by a certified chef! Can’t cook…they will also do it for you. You won’t forget this unique dining experience for a long time!


• ¾ Pound New York Steak
• ¾ Pound Rib Eye Steak
• Teriyaki Ahi Kabob

Try their signature “all you care to eat” fresh island salad bar.


Photo Credit: Leanne Gallaway


2. Rainbow Drive-Inn

This local hot spot has always been a common “first date” choice for many. The generous portions such as the Loco Moco Plate (eggs, rice, gravy hamburger patties and salad) can be shared with your “valentine”.

• Loco Moco Plate
• BBQ teriyaki Beef or Pork Sandwich
• Chili Plate


3. Top of Waikiki

If money is no object or you want to go all out on this special day, take your date to the top, the Top of Waikiki that is! Delicious food and an unbelievable view will make this a night and meal to remember.


• Day Boat Scallops
• Seafood Ceviche with Avocado & Grilled Ewa Sweet Corn

Although, there are signature dishes on the menu, I recommend the following appetizers:

• Spicy Ahi Poke Stack
• Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa



• Braised Leg of Lamb Rigatoni
• Grilled Atlantic Salmon
• Hawaiian Vine Ripe Tomato Parmigiano


4. Duke’s Waikiki

You can’t visit Oahu and not hang with the locals and tourists at this famous eatery named for the legendary surfer and Olympic gold medalist, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. The menu has a little bit of everything and you can alternate gazing at your date and the Waikiki beach.


• Prime Top Sirloin
• Huli Huli Chicken
• Shrimp Scampi
• Grilled Island Style Fish



• Kimo’s Original Hula Pie

Want to make some delicious treats for that special someone on Valentine’s Day? Check out Natalie’s article on Intern Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Cupcakes.


Photo Credit: Leanne Gallaway

5. Side Street Inn

Big heart? How about a big appetite? Side Street Inn is known for serving family sized meals. If you don’t have a date, take your family out.


• Kal Bi
• Chicken Katsu
• Shrimp Scampi
• Chinese Chicken Salad
• Ahi Poke
Make Valentine’s Day more festive with the ideas from these articles about Chic Style: Casual Valentine’s Day Looks and Valentines Day Décor.


Photo Credit: Leanne Gallaway

About Author

Hello! I am Kelly Sloan. I am a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and I am majoring in Dietetics. Follow me on twitter @ksloan6. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook and Twitter @collegelifestyl.

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